First things first: Buy the flight

As long as I’ve been doing this travel thing, I’ve kept a running list of places I want to visit… and the list is always growing. That list generally includes boutique hotels, cafés and exotic new cities I haven’t visited yet. To an extent, I’m always planning ahead for my next trip. So what takes a trip from brainstorm to actual reality?

When I buy the flight.

Flights are generally the most expensive purchase on an international trip, and they drive all your other travel plans. These days, there are a phenomenal amount of online resources dedicated to buying cheap flights, and many of them offer similar features. However, I tend to be brand loyal… and my flight search engine and research tool of choice has always been Kayak. I like Kayak because the interface is clean and easy to use on a computer, tablet or phone. Most importantly, Kayak offers a plethora of awesome (and free) features that will tell you everything you need to know about your flight… and when it comes to saving as much money as possible on an international flight, knowledge is power. Continue reading “First things first: Buy the flight”

Planning a trip to Europe on a week’s notice

Just a few short months ago, I worked on a team that stayed so busy it was difficult to get even a day of vacation time approved. As an incurable world traveler, I felt a bit like I was being suffocated: I didn’t see a light at the end of the busy season that would result in me or anyone on my team being able to get a consecutive week of vacation days, and my brand new passport’s complete lack of stamps was keeping me awake at night.

When the time came to prepare to start my new job in Nashville, I knew that I would need to work for several months there prior to taking any big trips abroad (to learn the new position and also not be that girl who pawns her work off on teammates and jets off to Europe before anyone even knows her name).

So I did what any sane globetrotter in my position would do: I put in 2 weeks notice at work and planned my start date at the new job for 3 and a half weeks out.

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